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The Job Description of a Protocol Specialist

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Following established and acceptable procedural and etiquette guidelines when conducting government or military business is imperative in establishing and maintaining strong international relations. A protocol specialist ensures these codes of behavior are recognized and followed.

Job Duties

Planning and implementing events and functions for senior personnel involving foreign dignitaries, diplomats and foreign military personnel is the focus of the job. Arranging transportation and housing accommodations is frequently required. Ensuring special amenities are provided for visitors is necessary.

Skill Requirements

A thorough understanding of the protocols and principles that apply to individuals from assorted foreign countries is crucial. Exemplary planning skills enable the specialist to make complex arrangements that meet visitors’ needs. Cordial communication skills make guests feel warm and welcomed.

Preferred Background

A master’s degree or Ph.D. is desirable although extensive experience or a combination of experience and education are frequently acceptable in lieu of an advanced degree. Background in international relations or communications is a plus.

Salary Information

Based on information provided at the job and salary information site, a protocol specialist in the United States earned an annual income of $67,000 as of 2014.


Cassie Damewood has been a writer and editor since 1985. She writes about food and cooking for various websites, including My Great Recipes, and serves as the copy editor for "Food Loves Beer" magazine. Damewood completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Miami University.

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